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Sanborn completes Blue Devil comeback

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DATE: Fri., Nov. 20, 2009


Men's hockey 


FREDONIA, N.Y. -- Fredonia State rallied for a 6-5 SUNYAC victory over Potsdam at Steele Hall.

Billy Sanborn (Monroe, N.Y.) scored on a rebound with 4:33 left to complete the Blue Devil comeback.

It was a game of scoring streaks. The Blue Devils (6-3-0; 4-3-0 SUNYAC) scored the last three goals after the Bears (2-4-0 overall and SUNYAC) took a 5-3 lead with a four-goal run.

Fredonia State led 3-1 as Alex Morton (Cannington, Ont.) had a goal and an assist during the opening 20 minutes. James Muscatello (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) and Mat Hehr (Sherwood Park, Alberta) each had a goal while Pat Street (Annapolis, Md.) was in the Fredonia State net.

Fraser Smith (Fonthill, Ont.) and Todd Hosmer (Scarborough, Ont.) scored the Potsdam goals in a span of 16 seconds, with Hosmer's tally cutting the Blue Devil lead to 3-2 after one period.

The Bears scored the next three goals to take a 5-3 lead midway through the second period. Connor Treacy (Markham, Ont.) and Colin MacLellan (Kensington, P.E.I.) had power-play goals before Bryan Black (Oro Station, Ont.) upped the ante at the 10:38 mark.

The Blue Devils started their comeback on a goal by Jeff Aonso (Toronto, Ont.) at 12:14 of the second period. They pulled even 19 seconds into the final period on Muscatello's second goal of the game, and his team-high ninth of the season.

Sanborn's game-winner was set up by Bryan Ross (Livonia, Mich.), who skated out of the right corner and lifted a short back-hander into the pads of Potsdam goalkeeper Trevor O'Neill (Kenswick, Ont.). The rebound went to Sanborn on the left doorstep, who chipped the puck into the open corner.

Playing in relief of Street, Kody Van Rentergem (Leduc, Alberta) earned the goaltending victory by stopping all 20 Potsdam shots over the final 29:22. O'Neill made 29 saves for Potsdam.

The Blue Devils return to the Steele Hall ice Saturday to face the Plattsburgh Cardinals at 7 p.m. The Cardinals are No. 3 in's weekly ranking of NCAA Division III men's teams. Potsdam closes out its Western New York trek with a stop at Buffalo State, also at 7 p.m. Saturday.

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